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1 Week Exploring Philippines

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My boyfriend and I (mid-20s) are in the beginning stages of planning a 1 month adventure in August for our first trip to Asia to celebrate his graduation from law school. We plan to spend 7-8 days in the Philippines (as of our current plan, we will be arriving from either Seoul or Tokyo and departing for probably either Malaysia or Bali). We are considering doing/seeing the following things:

-general sites of Manila
-Lake Taal and/or Pagsanjan Falls (day or half-day trip from Manila?)
-Banaue Rice Terraces
-Boracay
-Chocolate Hills

What sort of itinerary do people suggest? Can we get a private driver to take us to Banaue? If so, does it make sense to stop at Lake Taal on the way? (no idea where they are with respect to each other and Manila.) How much does a private driver cost? And how long does it take to drive to Banaue? Is seeing the Chocolate Hills worth it? I originally was looking at going to Mactan Island for the beach part, and going to Bohol from there, but additional research seems to show that Boracay is much better.


Day 1 - arrive in Manila
Day 2 - day/half day trip to Lake Taal. Sightseeing in Manila
Day 3 - Sightseeing in Manila
Day 4 - Drive to Banaue. Overnight in Banaue
Day 5 - Banaue. Drive back to Manila.
Day 6 - Fly Manila-Boracay in AM
Day 7 - Boracay
Day 8 - Boracay and fly in PM to ---

I know this itinerary is packing in a lot, but we do want to see as much as we can, and we figure that Boracay will be relaxing. Is this too much time in Manila? Also, if we do this itinerary, is it possible to fly from Boracay to Bali or Singapore or Kuala Lumpur?

[Hotel and other recommendations greatly welcomed!!!! as for price - not super budget but not super expensive either]

Thanks!

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